May 30, 2008 Subject:
Review by HC
I'm going to publish an Italian translation of Rarey's unvaluable booklet "The Modern Art Of Taming Wild Horses", and I asked a friend to write a brief review of it for our Italian version. I'm happy to share it with you.
" It must be understood that Mr. Rarey made a living based on his knowledge and because of human nature only the spectacle of a quick fix of broken horses made him money whereas his real genius lay in understanding the nature of the horse as a species.
Although his method of flooding has since been given a scientifically sound basis as behaviourists have researched hyper stimulation, it is an extreme measure for true problem horses only.
This problem solving was his ticket to fame and is a testimony of his in depth knowledge but should be read as nothing more than that.
The true value of his work is in the rock solid and incredibly important key rules he gives us in the first part. Fundamental understanding of the horse that can help us to do what we do tailored to the essence of the horse.
- That horses should only be asked what they understand and what they are capable of.
- Also that horses should not learn how strong they are. This can be translated into modern terminology as avoiding unwanted success experiences.
The latter has enormous implications: it rules our ´trying´. Trying implies possible failure and exactly THAT is crucial to avoid.
Both these keys are important and the first is easy to grasp and implement. The latter is at least as important and has profound consequences on the way we deal with the horse EVERY day. Good horsemanship is NOT about solving problems but about avoiding, preventing them.
That is the true value of the work of John Solomon Rarey.